BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE
A Better “Quality of life” is the assessment of financial security, job satisfaction, family life, health, and safety. When we are building budgets or setting our city priorities, every decision I make will be according to this question: will this improve the quality of life for the people in District 4? I am committed to bettering the quality of life for District 4, and I want to hear your ideas for how we can achieve that goal.
I know the residents of District 4 want to work; and we don’t want just any jobs—we want more quality jobs that will lead to a more stable economy and one that will bring fulfillment to residents. Furthermore, we must provide training in these areas for our citizens, so people with talent will want to remain in District 4 and also be a part of building it up. I am committed to investing in the residents of District 4 by focusing on future industries like technology, biosciences, and sustainability.
Establishing partnerships with corporations, schools, nonprofits, and other organizations to create workforce training programs for residents of District 4 is key. By utilizing fast-track skills training, we can quickly train individuals for immediate and lasting employment.
The citizens of District 4 deserve a Birmingham City Council leader who values accountability, visibility, and availability. I want to be the kind of councilwoman who you know you can reach out to—one who you know you will see around at local events and are encouraged to approach to share your questions and concerns. District 4 doesn’t currently have that kind of leadership. Too often, decision-making is happening behind closed doors and out of the eye of the public. I want our conversations about the betterment of Birmingham to happen out in the community.
I know that many of my neighbors feel ignored and neglected by leaders in our city. I myself have felt my concerns be pushed aside. That’s why I want to offer something different. I want to give you my voice, so that I can vocalize your individual concerns using a public platform.
MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Although many elected officials have tried to address the challenges facing our city, I see firsthand that there is so much more work to be done. District 4 is made up of several immensely historic neighborhoods, which is why I think it is important to be thoughtful about the ways in which they are allowed to be developed. We must look forward to the future while also celebrating and memorializing the triumphs of the past.
We’re seeing property values in other parts of the city rise, and I want to see District 4 share in that success. We advocate fiercely for our neighbors and our shared success. We push back on absent property owners and slumlords to either remove long-forgotten structures or to find new and innovative ways to utilize them for community purposes. I want to see the creation of more affordable single-family homes, more green spaces, and more buildings meant for individuals to come together for mutual aid and economic growth.